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Considered to be home to "Florida's First Beaches," the Pensacola Bay Area, which encompasses Pensacola Beach to Perdido Key, is located along the state's westernmost stretch on the Gulf of Mexico and offers visitors the best of both worlds: miles of award-winning sugar-white beaches alongside a town rich with history, culture and Southern hospitality. Known as the "City of Five Flags," Pensacola was America's first settlement, having been discovered by Spanish explorers in 1559. The area's rich multicultural history is apparent in its fascinating attractions, which include archaeological sites, historic villages, a ballet, symphony, opera, trails, forts and museums, including the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum and the National Naval Aviation Museum, aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, which is home to the Blue Angels. Additionally, the Pensacola Bay Area provides an array of attractions suitable for outdoor explorers, including the nation's longest stretch of protected seashore and the world's largest artificial reef, as well as countless opportunities for fishing, diving, golfing, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding and sailing. Well known for its authentic restaurants and Pensacola Celebrity Chefs, foodies will also find something to suit their palettes in the Pensacola Bay Area, thanks to fresh Gulf Coast cuisine. From Pensacola Beach to Perdido Key, families, couples, friends, foodies, adventure-seekers and beachcombers alike will find there's lots to discover in the Pensacola Bay Area. It's no surprise we've been loved by explorers since 1559.

Amenities:
  • Amenities:
  • Baby-changing station, Covered Pavilion, Gift Shop
  • Average Visit Time:
  • Multi-day,
  • Business Type:
  • Chambers & Visitors Bureaus, Destination Management Company, Welcome Centers

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Gallery Night

Now - December 20, 2014
Stroll through the charming brick walkways of Downtown Pensacola to experience an eclectic array of music, art and cuisine. Explore galleries and businesses featuring the works of dozens of local artists. Soak up the sounds of local musicians and the aromas of local cuisine as the energy of the evening carries you from venue to venue. Gallery Night is a free event and many businesses provide light refreshments.
http://downtownpensacola.com/gallerynight/

dib@downtownpensacola.com

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Pensacola Pelican Drop - Countdown to 2015

December 31, 2014 - January 01, 2015
Throughout the evening the giant Pelican (14 feet tall, with a 20-foot wingspan) is perched above the celebration on a 100-foot platform at the intersection of Palafox and Government Streets. Although Palafox and Government Street will be closed to traffic, area restaurants will be open and additional vendors will be providing refreshments (no alcohol sales). Live performances on three outdoor stages provide ongoing entertainment throughout the evening. The popular kids' area will be expanded this year and will feature the special kids' countdown at 8 p.m. with confetti and the "bubble stomp." At the stroke of midnight, the whole ci ...Read More>> y celebrates as the Pelican descends amidst fireworks and more confetti. The event has been a huge hit with over 50,000 revelers in attendance. Read Less
http://www.pensacolapelicandrop.com

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Pensacola's 12th Night - Mardi Gras Kick Off

January 09, 2015
The Historic streets of Downtown Pensacola will host the 3nd annual Wind Creek Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration on the 12th Night! FREE to everyone! Come join us and Celebrate the 2015 Mardi Gras Season along with the Krewes; their King and Queens for the upcoming season, King Cake*, and the town crier.
http://www.pensacolamardigras.com

pensacolamardigras@gmail.com

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20th Annual Cordova Mall Ball

January 25, 2015 - January 24, 2015
Get decked out in your best Mardi Gras attire to celebrate in style at the first and best Mardi Gras party in town! Cordova Mall transforms into a glittering party hall featuring six live bands, tasty treats from area restaurants, a New Orleans-inspired French Market and a fantastic silent auction.
http://http://www.sacred-heart.org/mallball/

cathy.laird@shhpens.org

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Pensacola Double Bridge Run

February 07, 2015
A 15K course takes runers over two bridges crossing Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound, from downtown to Pensacola Beach. Runners and walkers are also welcome at the 5K course and Kids Fun Run.
http://doublebridgerun.com/DBRHomeWide.cfm

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Grand Mardi Gras Parade Party

February 14, 2015
Seville Quarter - 7 Rooms of Fun, 7 Nights a Week! Start your day off with Seville Quarter's pre-prade party with the Mardi Gras Krewes. The Party will continue after the 2 p.m. Grand Mardi Gras Parade is over with largest post parade dance party in Pensacola.
http://www.sevillequarter.com

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60th Annual Krewe of Lafitte Mardi Gras Parade

February 14, 2015
The only illuminated nighttime parade in Pensacola! The crowd can expect to be entertained with marching bands, lighted floats and great throws as the Krewe of Lafitte kicks off Pensacola Mardi Gras celebrations.
http://www.kreweoflafitte.net/

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Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade

February 14, 2015
One of the country's original celebration sites, Pensacola hosts this family-oriented Mardi Gras parade in the historical downtown area. Crowds catch beads, doubloons and moonpies galore as they are thrown from floats!
http://www.pensacolamardigras.com

dannyzuf@aol.com

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Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade

February 15, 2015
Mardi Gras parade with an island atmosphere! The Krewe of Wrecks Parade will have the best floats throwing beads, candy and doubloons. No one leaves the island beadless! After parade parties are everywhere and the biggest is on the boardwalk, at the shell, where the paraders wait for the results of the judges and trophies to be awarded. Of couse the music is playing and partiers are dancing! Rain or Shine!
http://www.kowrecks.com

dannyzuf@aol.com

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Smokin' In The Square BBQ Cookoff

March 06, 2015 - March 08, 2015
Friday, noon - 9 p.m.| Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Professional barbecue teams from around the U.S. will gather to compete at the first barbecue contest locally to be sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KSBS). Professional teams will be competing for prize money and points. Local barbecue enthusiasts also will be competing for prize money and bragging rights in the Backyard competition. Great family fun, entertainment, and food. Proceeds go to local charities.
http://www.smokininthesquare.com

smokininthesquare@yahoo.com

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Annual NW Florida Forestry Conclave & Lumberjack Festival

March 07, 2015
Get your jeans and flannel shirts ready! Bluegrass music, nature & wildlife exhibits, firefighting equipment demonstrations, food and children’s activities. Learn about the environmental degree programs offered by Pensacola State and the University of Florida at the Milton campus. Forestry competitions include knife throwing, axe throwing, log roll, bow sawing, cross cut, pulpwood toss and more. Free Tree Seedlings – All Day
http://lumberjack.pensacolastate.edu/

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Gulf Coast Renaissance Fair

March 07, 2015 - March 08, 2015
The only REAL live jousting on horseback with medieval knights in full armor on the Gulf Coast! This 2 day festival will feature medieval Jousting Knights, Falconry, the King and Queen, Swashbuckling Swordsmen, Storytellers, Arabian Dancers, Gypsy Dancers, Magical Wizards, Medieval Fighters, Renaissance Dancers, Irish Dancers, Medieval Musicians, Sword Swallowers, Jesters, Jugglers, Fire Breathers, Renaissance Food and Drink, Medieval Camel and Pony Rides, Renaissance Games of Skill, Medieval Merchants with Thousands of Renaissance Wares and Crafts and much more!
http://www.yesteadyhands.com

gcrenfaire@aol.com

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38th Annual McGuire's St. Patrick's Day 5K Prediction Run

March 14, 2015
Each Runner/Walker predicts how long it will take them to complete the course, the finishers that come closest to their prediction wins. Awards are also given for speed winners in several male, female and team categories.
http://www.mcguiresirishpub.com

gatord96@cox.net

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Beulahfest

March 20, 2015 - March 22, 2015
Enjoy some of Nashville's hottest country music stars! Also arts&crafts show, carnival-style rides and of course, great sausage! Gate times are 4 p.m. – 11 p.m Friday; 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday.
http://www.beulahfest.com

beau@beulahfest.com

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Festival on the Green

March 27, 2015 - March 28, 2015
Come be a part of Pensacola's rich history and diverse culture by experiencing a fine arts show, hand-made crafts, music, live performances, a book sale, food and Saturday's children's craft festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year's festival will include our New Green Trading Post and many new entertainment acts. Festival on the Green is a FREE and FUN way to spend the weekend. For more information, view the Festival Schedule.
http://www.uwf.edu/festival

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Pensacola JazzFest

April 11, 2015 - April 12, 2015
Free Admission! Great Music, Kids Area, Arts & Crafts, Food & Drink! More info to come!
http://jazzpensacola.com/

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Annual Interstate Mullet Toss

April 24, 2015 - April 26, 2015
Perdido Key's Flora-Bama Lounge hosts this wacky annual tournament that has participants compete in tossing an actual mullet across state lines. A Mullet Toss consists of individuals on the beach throwing a mullet, from a 10-foot circle in Alabama across the state line into Florida. Not to mention a great excuse to throw a weekend long party, with lots of fun activities, great music and food!
http://www.florabama.com

info@florabama.com

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31th Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival

May 01, 2015 - May 03, 2015
The Pensacola Crawfish Festival presented by Coastal Bank and Trust will bring a taste of Louisiana right here to Pensacola Bay with a wide variety of Cajun fare such as crawfish poboys, crawfish pies, and over 16,000 pounds of boiled crawfish. Other festival favorites include chicken baskets, red beans and rice, gyros, bloomin' onions, kettle corn, apple dumplins and Deep Fried Brownies. Alcholic annon-alcoholic beverages are also available. Fri. Noon - 11 p.m.| Sat. 10a.m. - 11 p.m.| Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
http://www.fiestaoffiveflags.org

info@fiestaoffiveflags.org

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Fiesta Day Parade

May 15, 2015 - May 16, 2015
Catch some beads when beautiful floats parade down Palafox Street entertaining people of all ages. Special appearances will be made by DeLuna LXII, his Queen and Court. Don't miss this very special event!
http://www.fiestaoffiveflags.org

info@fiestaoffiveflags.org

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Art in the Park

May 16, 2015 - May 17, 2015
The 12th Annual Art in the Park will be held in historic Seville Square, located in Pensacola’s Cultural Arts District, just minutes from the beautiful waterfront and the Pensacola Museum of Art. The show will host more than 100 regional and national artists for a weekend of culture and creative inspiration.
http://www.pensacolamuseum.org

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Fiesta Sand Sculpture Contest

May 17, 2015
The Fiesta Sand Sculpture Contest will take behind the Gulfside Pavilion. Come join the fun.
http://www.fiestaoffiveflags.org

info@fiestaoffiveflags.org

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International Billfish Tournament

June 24, 2015 - June 28, 2015
For those who have not fished the Pensacola International Billfish tournament hosted by the PBGFC you are in for a treat. Our Tournament is during the hottest Billfish action of the season and we pride ourselves in a pure sportfishing community.
http://www.pbgfc.com

info@pensacolabiggamefishingclub.com

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Sertoma's 4th of July Celebration

July 04, 2015 - July 05, 2015
For the 26th year, area Sertoma organizations are once again coordinating and hosting the largest Fireworks display on the Gulf Coast over Pensacola Bay. There will be activities throughout the day, from 11:00 am until 6:30 pm, in Seville Square to include a FREE Children's Area with inflatables and pony rides, Arts and Crafts vendors, Food vendors, and live entertainment on the gazebo stage beginning at 11:00 am, with a Hot Dog Eating Contest at noon! Starting at 4:00, there will be live music on the Bayfront Stage, featuring regional bands. The festivities will culminate with the fireworks show over Pensacola Bay, synchronized with mus ...Read More>> c broadcast on Cat Country FM 98.7. Read Less
http://www.pensacolafireworks.com

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Blue Angels Air Show

July 11, 2015
This must-see event features the world-famous Blue Angels performing over Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island . (P.S. don't forget the sunscreen & $1 for the toll bridge.)
http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/show/

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Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival

September 25, 2015 - September 28, 2015
Sample a variety of mouth watering seafood dishes and enjoy continuous entertainment in Fountain Park. Arts and crafts vendors will be displaying their unique wares, many items reflective of our area's unique Gulf Coast lifestyle. A children's area is filled with activities for all ages. The Fiesta Seafood Grille offers cooking demonstrations where you can watch area chefs prepare regional delicacies.
http://www.fiestaoffiveflags.org

info@fiestaoffiveflags.org

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Pensacola Greek Festival

October 09, 2015 - October 11, 2015
Like a visit to Greece -- the Pensacola Greek Festival offers a rich, multi-sensory experience of Greek hospitality and culture. Savory cuisine, soulful music, lively dancing, and educational tours transform the church grounds into a three day “glendi” (celebration). Admission is free.
http://www.PensacolaGreekFestival.com

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Pensacola Interstate Fair

October 15, 2015 - October 26, 2015
Fair features big-name entertainment in addition to games, rides, agricultural and education-oriented exhibits and displays.
http://www.pensacolafair.com

john3@pensacolafair.com

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Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival

November 06, 2015 - November 08, 2015
The three-day, juried art show draws more than 200 of the nation's best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and other artists. The event features live musicians in Fountain Park with sounds ranging from Zydeco, bluegrass, jazz and blues to classical. Local dance schools and groups perform daily. The Children's Arts Festival is next door in Bartram Park, featuring numerous hands-on artistic opportunities provided free of charge. The Children's Festival is open Friday for children with special needs from selected schools and is open to everyone on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
http://www.ggaf.org

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